Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) – Encore Review

“It’s a source of great pain to me and it would break my heart to think you thought I didn’t care. ‘Cause I did care. There are just some cases, where you never catch a break. Then 5 years down the line, some guy hears some other guy braggin’ about it in a barroom or a jail cell. The whole thing is wrapped up through sheer stupidity. I hope that might be true for Angela, I really do.” – Willoughby

Number of Times Seen – 2 (28 Dec 2017 and 24 Feb 2018)

Link to original review Here

Brief Synopsis – A woman decided to rent three local billboards in order to try and get the local police to find her daughter’s killer.

My Take on it – This is one of my favorite films of 2017 and I enjoyed it even more upon a second viewing than I did the first time around.

They are able to create really interesting and unique characters that turn out to all be very unpredictable; things start off in one direction and constantly change as things move along.

The story arc is perfectly planned because it follows no known pattern as it weaves in and out of the lives of these great characters constantly surprising us even inch of the way.

The cats is superb with Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell all putting forth unmatched performances.

The supporting cast is also great and they help give faces to characters who in many films would be not very memorable.

This film is essentially a story about the unpredictability of life and actions one takes will lead you in new directions that could be good or bad for you, but you never will know beforehand where it will lead.

This film may seem as if it’s all put together neatly by the end, but in reality it isn’t because not only does it leave so much for us to ponder but it also leave the characters in flux as to what they themselves want to move from this point onward.

The story and characters are layered in such a way yet it plays out really well largely due to that.

I have been thrilled throughout the award season as this film has win countless awards and lets hope that the momentum from the Globes, SAG and BAFTA will lead it to Oscar Gold come next week.

I already can’t wait to see this film again!!

Bottom Line – Amazing film that does a wonderful job creating interesting and unique characters that start off one way but by the end have changed completely. The story arc is great because it keeps changing directions and constantly surprises along the way. The cast is superb with McDormand, Harrelson and Rockwell each giving amazing performances. The rest of the supporting cast is also superbly chosen to help make all of the characters count. This is a story about how life leads us in directions that we never expect. It may all seem neatly put together, but it really isn’t because so much is left for us to ponder for a while after seeing it.  The story and characters are all very layered yet it all plays out in a way that works really well. I’m so happy that this film has managed to win Best Picture at the Globes, SAG and BAFTA this year and hope it will also get the big prize at the Oscars next week. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Not one frame was shot in the state of Missouri. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


Check out my *updated* movie stats here

To see my reviews of Oscar Winning Performances check out this link

To see my reviews of all Oscar Best Picture Winners click here (now complete)

Here is a link to my movie index A-Z

18 thoughts on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) – Encore Review

  1. Agree with your review – other than the fact that all the characters have “changed completely” by the end. SPOILER ALERT: Woody’s dead so that would qualify as a complete change from living, but as to the rest – yes, maybe some subtle changes – but nothing wholesale. As a matter of fact, there’s been some (ridiculous IMO) backlash against the film leading up to the Oscars (voting ends on Tuesday) criticizing it for Rockwell’s character being a scumbag racist early on and then being redeemed by the end. I thought he was far from redeemed, but at least he was trying to grow and could share a space with McDormand without them trying to kill one another. Interesting to see what wins BP- I think it’s a 3 horse race between this, Shape of water and get out coming down to the wire.

    Liked by 1 person

    • yes, subtle changes. being dead is a change too 🙂

      his character does change by the time he’s gone tho based on his letters.

      I think backlash is ridiculous… so its ok to be Hannibal Lecter and eat people, but not ok for a character in a film to be a racist?

      movies reflect the world but why is a wrong to have a character who is bad somehow start to redeem himself?

      as for the 3 horse race… im hoping its this one cause i just rewatched all 3 and this is the most powerful by far IMHO


      • I’m with you. I re-watched GET OUT and it holds up very well. Crazy thing is – Three Billboards made a big impression on me as soon as I saw the trailer the first time. And I’m a HUGE fan of McDonagh – so it may be a slight favorite for me as well.

        Liked by 1 person

          • The thing with Get Out is it was a huge hit and sort of entered the zeitgeist – and when it comes to the Oscars, you have to remove yourself and your own favorites from the equation and try to think like an Academy member. Going by the oddsmakers, they would agree with you. Get Out is a bit of a long shot, but there;’s that pesky preferential voting on BP – so the movie with the most 2nd or 3rd place votes could win if Billboards splits between # 1s and # 5s on the ballots. And don’t count out Shape – it led with 13 nominations.

            Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: The Shape of Water (2017) – Encore Review |

  3. Pingback: MovieRob Monthly Roundup – February 2018 |

  4. Pingback: Top Ten Movies of 2017 |

  5. Pingback: Oscar Best Acting Winners |

  6. Pingback: The Glass Castle (2017) |

  7. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 2017 |

  8. Pingback: Ben is Back (2018) | MovieRob

  9. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 2017 | MovieRob

  10. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Picture – Oscars 2017 | MovieRob

  11. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Actress – Oscars 2017 | MovieRob

  12. Pingback: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) – Encore Review 2 | MovieRob

Let me Know what you think!!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.